Josée’s interest in serving in the Canadian Armed Forces was first piqued when she was 10 and her neighbour’s son regaled her with stories about his adventures in basic training.
Since then, she’s had a lot of “firsts” in her career—first female Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic, first woman to serve as Commandant and Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Military College and more.
But those firsts are not what drives her.
Throughout her career, Josée has demonstrated her commitment to creating a safe and respectful workplace with open lines of communication at all levels.
The person who nominated Josée remembers how she led with empathy from the very beginning of her tenure at RMC.
“Josée opened her doors to any cadet who needed a safe space,” says her nominator. “She exemplifies service before self, and her quiet tenacity and gentle manner show what leadership can look like.”